Dance Instructors

Emily Boyd
Owner / Artistic Director / Lead Instructor

 

Emily Boyd is thrilled to be able to teach the majority of classes at Division Street Dance. She enjoys getting to know each and every one of the students and their families and takes great pride in her owner/lead instructor role.

Emily has been dancing ever since she could walk. She grew up in Owatonna, MN and attended Jill Hoggard Academy of Dance from the age of 3 until 18, where she took every class she could and also worked as a teaching assistant from ages 14-18. She went on to major in Dance and English here in Northfield at St. Olaf College, with an emphasis in Performance and Choreography. While at St. Olaf, she was a member of the modern-based performance group, CompanyDance, and had the opportunity to study with various artists, including Wynn Fricke, Joe Chvala, Barbara Thatcher, Cathy Young, David Dorfman, Janice Roberts, Anthony Roberts, Heather Klopchin, Sherry Saterstrom, and Anne Von Bibra. Several of Emily's choreographies were performed on the campus as well as at the American College Dance Festival at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. Emily continued her dance education at the University of Oregon in the Master of Fine Arts program in Dance. There, she studied with Steven Chatfield, Jenifer Craig, Christian Cherry, Walter Kennedy, and Rita Honka, and was also was involved in the community of Eugene, teaching hip hop to middle school students at the area schools.

Before opening Division Street Dance in 2011, Emily taught at several dance studios, including Starlets Dance Studio here in Northfield, coached cheerleading at Eastview High School, and became certified as a Stott Pilates instructor. Emily also danced as a member of Ethnic Dance Theatre since 2005, based in Minneapolis, which is the only professional company of its kind in the entire country. She was also a member of its board of directors. 

Emily completed her MBA at Hamline University in 2011, and she and her husband Tony (St. Olaf '03) live in her hometown of Owatonna, where they enjoy spending their time with their 6 year old daughter, Clara, their 2 year old son, Gavin, and their pug, Ole. Emily loves to share her passion for dance at Division Street Dance, where she strives to bring her love of dance and movement to children and adults alike. 

Beth Pitchford

Instructor - Irish

 

Beth began Irish dancing by accident. Upon returning from living in Scotland for six months (2001), a friend referred her to a group to do Scottish Country Dancing. As it turned out, they did Irish ceili dancing. Beth gave it a try anyway and fell head over heels for the dance style!

 

She started step dancing the following year with the Drake School of Irish Dance (Atlanta, Georgia) and hasn't looked back yet (except to check to make sure she's kicking her bum). She helped run the Athens Irish Dancers (Athens, Georgia) and step danced for one of Atlanta's best contemporary Celtic bands, The Border Collies as well as the Athens, Georgia, band Banish Misfortune. She's started impromptu ceili and step abouts for Gaelic Storm, The Prodgials, Clandestine, Old Blind Dogs, and numerous other bands that graced Southern stages.

 

Beth has been competing in Irish dance since 2004, and has been to the following feiseanna: Peach State Feis 2004, 2005, 2006 (Atlanta); Rince na h’eireeann Feis 2005 (Charlotte, NC), Feis na Tara 2004, 2005, 2006 (Atlanta), and the Minnesota Feis 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012 (St. Paul) and the Twin Cities Feile 2008, 2012 (St. Paul) and continues to compete. She placed first in treble jig, reel, light jig, single jig and traditional set making her “Prizewinner level” in those dances (the highest an adult can receive) but has most recently "dropped down" to compete with the "and overs" which means she's competing with the 14, 15, and 16 year olds. She continues to place most dances in the top 5. The four hand and eight hand ceili teams she's been a part of have always recevied first place recognition.

 

The Irish dancers are part of the North Star Irish Dance program and perform at the Irish Music and Dance Association's Day of Dance and St. Patrick's Day Celebration. We also participate in the St. Paul St. Patrick's Day parade and Northfield's own Winter Walk. 

Karina Culloton

Instructor

 

Karina Culloton loves performing, learning and creating dance with movers of all ages and abilities! She graduated with a BA and departmental distinction in dance from St. Olaf College in 2015, where she performed, choreographed, and worked as a member of the tech crew, marketing team and as a teacher’s assistant. Karina has brought these multifaceted interests to the professional dance community, performing in the Spoleto Festival and the MN Fringe Festival, choreographing for Collectivus Dance Company, teaching, and working administratively for several arts organizations. She is very excited to be starting her 5th year teaching at Division Street Dance!

 

Meg Borkowski

Instructor

 

Dance has always been a huge part of Meg's life. Meg began taking dance classes at the age of three and has studied ballet, pointe, variations, jazz, and modern. Meg graduated in 2014 from Brookfield Central High School, near Milwaukee, where she sang in the Chamber Choir, played violin in the Chamber Orchestra, and performed in every high school musical. Meg has utilized her dance skills on stage in many community and professional theatre productions. Meg performed as a principal singer/dancer with the 2013 KIDS from Wisconsin, a song and dance troupe touring the Midwest in its 45th season. Meg had the privilege of performing in a professional historic production of the Sound of Music with Milwaukee's Skylight Music Theatre. Other favorite roles include Dolly Levi (Hello, Dolly!), Natalie/Ed (All Shook Up), and Narrator (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat). Meg was honored to the the Distinguished Young Woman of Waukesha County 2014, a Sunset Playhouse Musical MainStage Rising Star 2013, and was proud to have earned multiple dance study scholarships through Dance Masters of Wisconsin. Meg is especially grateful to have worked with many talented and inspiring dance teachers and choreographers. Meg currently attends St. Olaf College, pursuing degrees in psychology, media studies, and management studies, while enjoying dancing with FYP and taking as many dance courses as possible.

Harper Foote
Instructor
 
Harper Foote is currently a student at St. Olaf College majoring in dance with a concentration in management. Harper has been dancing for 16 years and has trained in a variety of styles including contemporary, ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, tap, and musical theater. She was also the captain of the varsity dance team at her high school. Since arriving at St. Olaf Harper has greatly enjoyed dabbling more in somatics, improvisation, and choreography as well as being a part of a larger dance community that both challenges and inspires her. When not dancing, Harper enjoys reading, exploring, and spending time outdoors.
 

Tatum Holland

Instructor

 

My name is Tatum Holland and I first started dancing as a little ballerina at the age of 3 at Holly’s Centre Stage Dance in Lakeville, MN. I did ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop and some high-kick for 15 years and ended up teaching and assistant-teaching classes for the last 5 years. I graduated from St. Olaf College where I majored in dance and am now licensed in elementary education. I was a member of the college’s dance company, Companydance, and enjoyed creating my own works on the side. Being a dance teacher brings me much joy and excitement because it combines my two passions of dance and teaching children. There is a special place in my heart for helping children grow and discover themselves in creative ways, like dance.     

 

Katie Ivance

Instructor

 

Katie has been dancing for 15 years, and is from Owatonna, MN and graduated from Medford High School. She danced at Jill Hoggard Academy of Dance and now dances at the University of Minnesota where she studies dance and exercise science. Her favorite styles of dance are jazz and hip hop. Katie is super excited to start her second year teaching at Divison Street Dance!

 

Maddie Klein

Instructor

 

Maddie Klein has been dancing since she was four years old. She grew up in Eden Prairie, MN and danced at Prairie School of Dance for fourteen years. She did jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, modern, and pointe. She also had the wonderful opportunity to be an assistant teacher for four years and absolutely loved interacting with her students and helping them grow as dancers and as people.  Maddie is currently a student at St. Olaf College where she is studying Math and Chemistry. She hopes to go on to Medical School after college. Maddie is involved in choir, and she is also a member of the St. Olaf Dance Team.  The Dance Team competes in Jazz and Pom, and performs at football and basketball games.  Maddie is so excited to continue teaching at DSD and work with all of the enthusiastic dancers!

Abe Awes

Instructor - Hip Hop

 

Abe is a Hip Hop teacher and dancer from the Twin Cities who has been training for the past twelve years in Hip Hop as well as other styles of dance, including tap, jazz, and modern. He trained at the St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, taught at St. Olaf in the Hip Hop club, and is a student at the University of Minnesota, working toward a BFA in Dance.

Where to Find the Studio

Division Street Dance
 311 Division Street South

 Northfield, MN 55057

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Phone: +1.507.202.9256
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Studio Hours

Mondays & Tuesdays 1:00-9:00

Wednesdays 3:30-8:00

Thursdays 3:30-9:00

Fridays 4:00-6:00

 

Please call or email to arrange alternative meetings.

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Please email emily.boyd @divisionstreetdance.com to inquire regarding teaching assisting, or administrative positions.

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